RALEIGH — North Carolina's COVID-19 confirmed case count rose to 12,884 as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. The newspaper reported that 485 people have died from the virus statewide.
The fifth positive case for Ashe County was reported on April 29 by AppHealthCare. According to information provided by the local health department, the case is linked to an ongoing investigation with a known outbreak in a food processing facility in another county. Public health staff have identified close contacts, and they are in quarantine.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 12,758 laboratory confirmed cases statewide with 516 currently hospitalized with the virus as of 11 a.m. May 6. NCDHHS also reported 477 deaths statewide. In the information updated daily on its website, NCDHHS has not been providing a count of persons statewide who have recovered from the virus.
The numbers reported by the newspaper, which is compiling the numbers of cases announced by counties throughout the day, vary from the daily reports provided by NCDHHS.
Nationwide, 1,206,323 people had tested positive with the virus according to Johns Hopkins University & Medicine as of 11 a.m. on May 6. The university also reported that there were 71,152 deaths in the country, and over 3.6 million confirmed cases globally.
NCDHHS reported on May 5 that 164,482 tests for COVID-19 had been conducted statewide by the State Laboratory of Public Health and reporting hospital and commercial labs. As of May 6, AppHealthCare, the health department for Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties, reported that to date, it had collected a total of 7 tests and outside agencies had collected 81 tests in Ashe County.
Nine county residents and one traveler have tested positive for the virus in Watauga, according to AppHealthCare. The most recent confirmed case was announced on April 29. According to the release, the case is in isolation outside of Watauga County and has been during the infectious period that would have posed risk to the Watauga community. The local health department staff have identified close contacts who are in quarantine.
Seven cases have been confirmed in Allegheny County, according to AppHealthCare.
AppHealthCare spokesperson Melissa Bracey said that as of April 22, the department was not aware that any of those patients were severely ill, and none have required hospitalization.
Caldwell County leads surrounding counties in numbers of confirmed cases with 26 as of April 23, while Wilkes has reported 21 cases and one death and Avery has reported no positive tests, according to the News & Observer. In Tennessee, Johnson County has three confirmed cases and Carter County has 12 confirmed cases, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.